Archive for the ‘Bill Clinton’ Category

The Presidents’ Day Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Prosecutor Pollicita charges President CFK in AMIA cover-up case

Alberto Nisman’s Death Just The Latest Example Of Large-Scale Corruption, Argentines Say

From Stratfor: U.S., Bolivia: The Pieces Are in Place for Improved Relations

Whose oil in Brazil?
One of the many casualties of the Petrobras scandal is a misguided industrial policy

Carnival time in Brazil

Son of Chilean president resigns
The son of Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet resigns as head of a government charity after being accused of influence peddling.

Colombian Oil Firm Recruits FBI to Weed Out Bribery
Four Years Pass before Friends-with-Benefits Contracts Surface

Uribe meets with US Congressmen to seek support for Colombia opposition

Colombia proposes world’s largest eco-corridor with Brazil, Venezuela

Former Obama Official on Cuba Talks: “We didn’t want anything in return”

Dissident savagely attacked by Castro thugs

Aggressive new HIV strain detected in Cuba
Researchers said an aggressive HIV strain in Cuba progresses into AIDS so fast that treatment with antiretroviral drugs may come too late.

Turkey’s Erdogan wants to build a mosque in Cuba. It’s based on a historical fallacy.

The President Of Ecuador Just Went Off On John Oliver In Hilarious Rant


In historic move, Jamaica extradites fraud suspect

What’s Putin’s Game in the Western Hemisphere?
The Russians are coming—again

Worldwide Threat Assessment

Heisenberg: Bill Clinton apologizes to Mexico for the war on drugs which he blames for fueling violence in the country
Bill Clinton spoke at a summit on Youth and Productivity in Mexico
He said: ‘I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault’
He then blamed U.S. efforts which had forced trafficking over land
Clinton’s administration followed past president’s efforts on drugs war

HSBC has form: remember Mexico and laundered drug money
For the bank to get off with hollow statements of apology is to treat us all with contempt

Skeptical Panama takes heed of planned Nicaraguan canal

Ohio? Panama Canal expansion shipping jobs to Ohio

Appalachian Ohio could benefit most, in part because the Ohio River could receive goods from the canal after they’ve made their way to the United States via the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River or the East Coast and the Port of Virginia.

Argentina oil company leaves Peru town after protests

Puerto Rico bankruptcy bill to get House hearing: source

Uruguay: Árabes, persas y espías, último capítulo de la gestión Almagro

You think? Uruguay Undecided on Accepting More Syrian Refugees

‘Coup plot foiled’ in Venezuela
An ex-air force general is arrested and more than 10 others implicated in a plot to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials say.

Coup = toucan’s saliva

Clashes in Venezuela as economic shortages continue to bite
A year after violent clashes between opposition protestors and government forces left 43 dead, protestors returned to the streets of Venezuela

Reporters without Borders: Venezuela flunks in Press Freedom Index
The 2015 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by NGO Reporters without Borders, highlights increasing difficulties in Latin America for journalists to do their job in 2014. Venezuela fell 21 places from 2013

Escándalo en el HSBC revela cuenta en Suiza de Hugo Chávez con 12 mil millones de dólares

The week’s posts and podcast:
Smart diplomacy: “We didn’t want anything in return” from Cuba

Today on Drudgereport

Argentina: Gitmo alumnus “ready to fight”

Latin America: Worldwide Threat Assessment

Ecuador: John Oliver goofs on Correa

Argentina: Why we’ll probably never learn the truth about the #Nisman murder

Venezuela: Persecuting the retailers

At Da Tech Guy Blog:
Argentina: A case of “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown?” UPDATE

Netflix in Cuba, yeah, right

On Venezuela, Argentina & US-Latin America

Haiti: Bill Clinton brags while the people suffer

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Mary O’Grady looks at how Bill Clinton Spins His Haiti Intervention
Amid a probe of Aristide, the former president offers a new version of events.
(emphasis added)

Speaking after his wife addressed the Iowa crowd, Mr. Clinton explained his 1994 Haiti intervention: “The military dictator down there was putting tires around people’s necks and setting them afire, in an affectionate policy called necklacing,” he recalled satirically. “I was told that nobody gave a rip about Haiti.” But “we did it and no shot was fired. Nobody got hurt.”

That’s some tale. But as any Haitian knows, it was Mr. Aristide who championed Haitian “necklacing,” aka “Père Lebrun” after a domestic tire merchant. Governing a democracy with a national assembly was more difficult than he had anticipated and he urged his followers to give Père Lebrun to his opponents, as an Oct. 1993 Congressional Research Service report documented.

On Sept. 29, 1991, the military stepped in and kicked him out. It employed its own paramilitary, which also practiced repression—but guns, not necklacing, were its weapon of choice.

Mr. Aristide fled to Washington, where President George H.W. Bush released Haiti’s international telephone and airline revenues to him as the government-in-exile. There was never any accounting for those funds but they reportedly topped $50 million. Mr. Aristide lived the high life in Georgetown and mounted an aggressive and costly lobbying campaign for U.S. military intervention to restore his presidency.

Once Mr. Clinton put Mr. Aristide back in the palace in Port-au-Prince, his supporters picked up where they had left off. Opponents were hacked with machetes, set on fire and gunned down. Money disappeared.

The Clinton administration did nothing to contain these abuses. Instead, a company called Fusion, run by Democrats—including Joseph P. Kennedy II, Mack McLarty, who had been Clinton White House chief of staff, and Marvin Rosen, a former finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee—went into the long-distance telephone business with Haiti Teleco, the government-owned monopoly.

As long as the spin holds, Hillary will ask, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Let’s hope the American public doesn’t put the Clintons back in the White House.

The Hillary Letters
Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed

What does the Hillary-Alinksy letter reveal?

Hillary shall remain concussed while in Punta Cana

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Hillary hospitalized with blood clot.

Hillary, who shall remain concussed until next week, has taken her concussion on holiday to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Gateway Pundit posts that Hillary Clinton So Sick She Had to Travel to Punta Cana Resort to Celebrate the New Year.

The poor woman will not only be nursing her concussion at the tropical resort, she’ll also be nursing her hangover in Bill’s presence,

According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Year’s at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta.

Worse yet, Anna Wintour will be at the party. “Just don’t be late!”


Linked by Pirate’s Cove. Thank you!

State Dept. Says Clintons Are Not Partying in Dominican Republic as Was Reported; where are they partying, then?

Did she have a facelift, maybe?

Benghazi: Hillary strikes back, UPDATED

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Last Refuge has the story,

So the White House trotted out Susan Rice to sell a false story, unbeknownst to her direct boss Hillary Clinton, who was then told to toe-the-line. To provide elbow room, and cover for the White House, a bogus AP report mentioning the CIA was seeded to, and picked up by, the press thereby providing enough space and time to coordinate with James Clapper, so that he could arrange a bogus intelligence mistake story to back them up.

All of this before the “discovery” of U.S. officials on the ground in Libya asking for more security help. Which, unfortunately for the White House, became a bigger story than the false “movie” explanation.

The failure to provide the requested security creates the White House back in a position of blaming the State Dept. The same State Dept who was providing cover for the false “movie” explanation.

Hence the ping-pong ball back and forth.

While Hillary might have been willing to cover for the White House movie story “coverup” under the guise of faulty intelligence, which she did diligently, she ain’t gonna take being thrown under the bus for the lack of security protection.

Bill’s on task, sharpening knives,

sources close to the Clintons tell him that Bill Clinton has assembled an informal legal team to discuss how the Secretary of State should deal with the issue of being blamed for not preventing the Benghazi terrorist attack last month.

But, what exactly are Hillary’s (and Bill’s) options? A defamation suit is unlikely,

Hillary’s leverage is at its peak now, when Bill is leading the Obama reelection charge and when a sudden resignation would represent a huge setback for Obama. The Clintons can try to use this leverage to halt White House efforts to scapegoat Hillary. Then, they can hope the issue blows over.

However, the Benghazi story isn’t likely to blow over. And after November 6, the Clintons can do nothing to avoid the scapegoating of Hillary by the Obama administration.

So much for “bonhomie.”

You must go to The Last Refuge and read their post in full.

At the UK’s Daily Mail, Hillary Clinton reveals what REALLY led to Benghazi massacre – and demolishes White House claim it was triggered by anti-Islam film
Announcement of State Department dissent from rest of Obama administration could help protect Clinton during 2016 presidential run
Obama administration originally said assault stemmed from protests against anti-Islam video but then backtracked saying terrorists responsible
Officials tell how ambassador Chris Stevens was trapped in safe-room as assailants burnt the compound down
AK-47s, grenade attacks, and a smoke-filled safe-room – chilling account of the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens revealed
Ambassador’s whereabouts after attack not known until officials rang his cell phone – and found doctors trying unsuccessfully to save his life in hospital
Most serious attack on U.S. diplomatic compound since al-Qaeda bombed the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 14 years ago


John Hinderaker posts on What Happened in Bengazi

The State Department has released a transcript of a briefing that two high-ranking department officials gave to a number of reporters via conference call on October 9 (Tuesday). I am not certain about this, but I believe the transcript was only made public today. You should read it in its entirety; it is the most detailed description I have seen of the events in Benghazi on September 11.

So Hillary Clinton and the State Department unequivocally reject the account that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have given. It is hard to imagine what “intelligence” reports Obama could have received that blamed the YouTube video. He is lying, evidently.

Read the transcript in full.

Enough with the bowing, please! UPDATE

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Over a century ago,William Ernest Henley wrote,

Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

And, as we know, President Obama has a habit of bowing to foreign heads of state.

Now Bill Clinton’s bowing to Obama,

What’s with this nonsense?

Bill’s Nasty, Brutish, and Long speech “did a lot of heavy lifting to obscure, camouflage, evade, distract, paper over, and otherwise minimize” Obama’s dismal record,

But the facts are obdurate. Median household income has plunged nearly 5% since he took office. In a symbolically fitting occurrence, the national debt clock (which was not displayed on the wall of the DNC as it was in Tampa) clicked over to $16 trillion just as the Democrats were convening. President Obama has contributed more than $5 trillion of that in under four years. He came to office promising to cut the annual deficit in half by the end of this first term: it languishes at about $1.4 trillion. Give me $800 billion, he said, and I’ll have unemployment down to 5.6% by July 2012. The official number is 8.3% and so-called U”U6” unemployment is about 15%. Food prices have soared on his watch. As, of course, have energy prices: remember he came to office attacking the coal industry and promising to make the cost of energy “skyrocket.” It has: gasoline cost an average of $1.85 a gallon when he came to office, it is flirting with $4 a gallon now.

Jennifer Rubin found Bill’s speech to strain credulity, disingenuous, and at times incoherent, but mostly, self-serving,

Clinton certainly drubbed Republicans, and then — this is Clinton, of course — he bragged about his own deficit-balancing record. It was a pointed reminder that Obama simply isn’t Bill Clinton.

Toward the end of the speech, Clinton blew the race card whistle loudly, claiming voter ID laws (which have been blessed by the Supreme Court and in case after case have failed to produce a single minority voter who could not obtain an ID) intend to depress minority voting. This was Clinton the charlatan and the hyper-partisan. Given how popular voter ID laws are with voters at large, you understand how entirely dependent Obama is in this election on non-white voters .

Mostly, it seemed that Bill was paving the way for a potential Hillary presidential run. He talked fondly of her, of course, and gave a passing and remarkably vague defense of Obama’s foreign policy. He did not mention Israel.

As always, Bill Clinton put Bill Clinton first, while Hillary’s not doing so well in China; Xi stood her up. All the same, she managed to watch Bill on TV.

Earlier in the day, DNC Chair Villaraigosa Declares Super-Majority Supports Party Platform Amendment Minutes After Failing To Actually Get Super-Majority

After last night’s line-up, JAWA was wondering How Many Losers Does it Take to Open for Bill Clinton. Fret not, Scarlett Johanson and Natalie Portman are showing up tonight… at the smaller venue.

Which begs the question, if the Dems knew they had enogh people to fill an additional 40,000 seats, wouldn’t they? As it is, Lee Stranahan got to sit in the nosebleed seats last night – obviously not enough people were there.

Kyle Becker has 1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama, and while you look at numbers, 5 Ways Obama Is No Bill Clinton.

Enough with the bowing. Stand tall, be “the master of your fate”, since, in spite of the DNC’s message, you do not belong to the government,

Lapdog media alert,

Lapdog poetry: Rick Klein gushes over Bill Clinton with junior high-worthy verse

Bill Clinton remembers those romantic Times Square hookers UPDATED with VIDEO

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Remember back when hookers were polluting the public right of way in the theater district? Bill Clinton thinks that was romantic and fascinating:


Bill Clinton Recalls “Romantic” Days of Prostitutes in Times Square

Clinton said he first visited Times Square in 1964 when he was a freshman at Georgetown University. He said he saw “a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit.” He said it was “pretty heavy stuff for a guy from Arkansas.”

Clinton said the area is cleaner and safer now — and that’s good.

But he sounded like he missed the old days.

“I still have vivid memories of it,” he said. “Romantic. Fascinating. It was dangerous.”

Melts your heart, doesn’t he?

UPDATE, Friday April 15,
Here’s Bill, saying it on camera

Moe Lane is Choosing Disney over hookers.

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Inappropriate, part 2

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on January 14, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Today’s Inappropriate is brought to you by the word de·co·rum.


Obama leaves Bill to answer the questions UPDATED

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Amateur hour:
Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control (Via Bookworm): Once the questions started, Obama said he’d left Michelle waiting, and adios amigos.

Bring out the training wheels!

It was even worse than it looks. If you watch the full video of the press conference, Obama had to bring Bill in to explains whatever points Obama himself could not articulate, and then left.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur.


Chelsea’s wedding: It’s all about the politics

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Clinton Wedding Is Leaving Some Feeling Left Out

“I’m good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?” complained one Clinton friend, who remembered the times he handed over his jet and his pilot to take Bill Clinton around the country but had not landed a coveted invitation to Chelsea Clinton’s nuptials.

The “friend” has learned a lesson: When it comes to the Clintons, everything is about political usefulness:

“It is dangerous to presume closeness to people in power, and it is very rare when there are real, unbreakable friendships.”

Let’s hope that person remembers in a few years once Obama’s out of office and comes asking for a ride…

New York Mag says, it’s only about the bride and groom. Yeah, right.


The Clintons, soon to be living in Clover?

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Billary on the move:
Clintons dealing for $11M Westchester mansion

Looks like Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are moving on up — to a deluxe mansion away from prying eyes.

Sources told The Post the Clintons are planning to trade their almost-modest suburban Chappaqua home for a sprawling $10.9 million estate in the bucolic Westchester town of Bedford Hills, complete with 20 acres of gorgeous land surrounded by New York’s elite.

The massive compound — sweetly named Clover Hill Farm — comes with high fences, two guesthouses and a mansion fit for Bubba’s millionaire lifestyle.

Reminds me of Dickens’s Hard Times,

Bounderby’s retreat, where, notwithstanding her anchorite turn of mind based upon her becoming consciousness of her altered station, she resigned herself with noble fortitude to lodging, as one may say, in clover, and feeding on the fat of the land.

Fat indeed: Check out the slideshow at the NY Post. I wonder what the carbon footprint is on that spread:

* Sale price of $10.9M
* Built in 2000
* Being sold by Paul Wallace, former president of real-estate firm Broadstone Group
* 20 acres of gardens, horse trails and pastures on private road
* 7,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms, six baths, chef’s kitchen, multiple fireplaces, wood-paneled library, wine cellar
* Heated pool with pool house, stone patios and outdoor fireplace
* Two guesthouses, artist studio and stable

And a question, Will Hillary join Bill at Clover Hill, or is she staying in Washington?